Experts' profiles - Alphonse Kambu
Alphonse Kambu
Alphonse Kambu holds a doctorate in law with specific emphasis on environmental law and policy from Chiba University in Japan.

Prior to joining UNEPs Division of Environmental Law and Conventions (DELC) as a Legal Officer, he was Director of Ishikawa International Cooperation Research Center, a Special Programme of the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS), which is now the International Operating Unit of UNU-IAS that he was instrumental in establishing. Before that he worked with IUCN-The World Conservation Union as an IUCN-Ford Foundation Fellow and taught at the Tokyo Management College and various other universities in Japan.

Alphonses work and areas of interest include access and benefit sharing (ABS) within the context of the CBD and related treaties; indigenous and local communities (ILCs) rights and the environment; the legal protection of traditional knowledge (TK), especially within the context of intellectual property rights (IPRs) protection and TK databases and registers; Community Protocols; the global commons (High Seas and Antarctica); conservation of satoyama (eco-cultural rural landscapes) and satoumi (coastal and seascapes) of Japan; and, customary laws and sustainable use of living natural resources.

He also contributes to UNEP and DELCs work on the Environmental Rule of Law, the ACPs MEAs Capacity Building Project and Water Law Project. In addition, Alphonse is part of the team within UNEP that works on UNEP's input into the Post 2015 sustainable development process. He is also the Science Focal Point for DELC and the Focal Point for the Interdivisional Group on SIDS. Previously he was Focal Points for the UNCCD, Ramsar Convention and the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee Process relating to TK, Traditional Cultural Expressions and Genetic Resources for UNEP.

He was a lead author and contributing author in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) contributing to the Typology of Responses and Biodiversity sections of the Policy Responses Volume respectively. He has also contributed to numerous books and journals, and published reports on topics including, ABS, the legal protection of TK, gene patenting, community protocols, water regulation and other topics within the environmental law and policy field.

Alphonse was also responsible for initiating the Sub-global Assessment (SGA) for Japan in 2006 as a follow-up initiative to the MA, and was Science Director for the Japan Assessment until April 2008.
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